The country’s universities have underscored the need for innovations developed by tertiary institutions to be fine tuned to steer the country’s industry forward.

A delegation of state universities returned from its exploration tour of several countries optimistic that the country is well on course for an industrial revolution following the decision to prioritise the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related subjects.

To this end, a taskforce to drive applied research to enable Zimbabwe to be competitive has been set and will be led by the Vice Chancellor of Great Zimbabwe University, Professor Rungano Zvobgo.

The 11 officials from the country’s universities were led by Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo.

Introduced in early 2016, the STEM initiative provides free education to all Advanced Level students registered for science, technology, engineering and mathematics related subjects.